4 dead, 130 rescued after refugee boat capsizes off Aussie isle

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On Wednesday, Parliament began debating legislation that would enable the government to send asylum seekers to both Malaysia and the opposition’s preferred option, Nauru.

Mr. Clare, who oversees ocean rescues, called for political compromise so that asylum seekers would learn that those who attempt to reach Australia by boat will not be allowed to stay.

“I believe that Australia has had a gutful of us fighting on this issue,” Mr. Clare told Parliament. “They’re sick of the politics, they’re sick of hearing of more people dying, they’re sick of us yelling at each other, and they just want us to fix this.”

The bill scraped through the House of Representatives by two votes late Wednesday, but the minor Greens party has pledged to vote with the opposition to block it in the Senate on Thursday.

Prime Minister Julia Gillard warned senators that Thursday was their last chance to introduce laws before Parliament adjourns until Aug. 14 and urged them to consider their votes carefully.

“We are on the verge of getting the laws we need,” Ms. Gillard told reporters.

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